Irv’s Burgers

Do you like fried egg in your burger?  I like fried egg in my burger.  Have you tried a burger with fried egg?  I think you should.   You know what?  I think a fried egg in a burger should be a given.  It’s heavenly.

Enough with sounding like a creep.  I don’t know how else to explain Irv’s Burgers but to say that it’s a burger in its simplest form.  It’s what a burger should be.  It’s what you expect a burger to be.  Nothing fancy, no gimmicks, just a plain ol’ burger.  From time to time, I guess it’s nice to mix things up a bit with a more gourmet-type burger from Umami or 25degrees.  But for the most part, a simple burger would do.  A simple burger with fried egg and a side of fries that aren’t of the sweet potato kind.  With that said, I still do love them chili burgers from Tommy’s, ahahahaa.

Double Cheeseburger with Fried Egg

Irv’s Burgers
8289 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Phone: 323.650.2456

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The Apple Pan

Quality Forever. Not a bad motto to live by. Not a bad business model either, agree? The Apple Pan is a no non-sense burger joint. It’s simple and it’s consistently good. There isn’t much on the menu but you’re probably here for the burgers anyway so it doesn’t matter. If burgers aren’t your thing, then the sandwiches here are also great.

I always order the Steakburger with Double Cheese, one slice of Tillamook cheese just won’t do when I can get two slices. You got a good patty, with a bun toasted just right, lettuce, pickles, and a sauce that’s relish-y. The burger ain’t tangy, but it’s on the tang-ier side. The fries here are freaking awesome. It’s fried so well that every fry is so crisp. The day I brought my camera, wasn’t a good day for the fries but that’s very unusual.

Imagine an ol’ school Johnny Rockets but with none of the gimmicks, that’s Apple Pan for you in short. But to compare The Apple Pan to something that’s more contemporary is a bit unfair because it’s been around since 1927 and besides that, it has it’s pretty distinct. Perhaps it would be more proper to say Johnny Rockets took some notes at The Apple Pan. Whatever, that doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that The Apple Pan’s slogan has lasted them for more than 80 years and it’s still going strong.

The Apple Pan
10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: 310.475.3585

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House of Pies

I headed on over to Griffith Park to meet up with T so we could go for a hike.  This motivating myself to workout isn’t really working out too well so I thought maybe, just maybe, doing it with someone else would at least force me to try.  The plan was to meet at Fern Dell, hike up to the Observatory, and then go on further from the Observatory all the way to the top.  The things I’ve heard about Griffith Park hikes are that they’re easy…  It wasn’t that easy.  It definitely wasn’t hard, but I don’t think it’s a cakewalk.  Or maybe it was the weather or the shortcuts that we took that made it harder.  All in all, it was a good workout.  And I’m not as out of shape as I thought I was.  I guess that’s a good thing.

After the hike we stopped by the House of Pies to get something to eat.  The House of Pies is a diner with no gimmicks and convenient parking.  I ordered the Cheeseburger with Avocado.  It wasn’t the best burger I’ve had but it wasn’t bad either.  It was to my liking, a simple burger.  The fries were fried to my liking too, with a nice crisp.  Of course with a name like “House of Pies,” you cannot not try the pies here.  I got the Fresh Peach Pie to take home.  And may I say, that is a good pie.  Fresh peaches in a nice sweet syrup, a nice buttery crust, with some nice whipped cream with a heavier consistency than those found at the grocery store.  I got no complaints about this place.

House of Pies
1869 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323.666.9961

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There’s No Place Like Home

One day while driving on Hillhurst, I passed by Home. I have to admit, the things that catch my eye when determining where I want to eat is the name of the place and the setting. Of course, food determines whether I come back again or not, but the other characteristics aren’t things I look past. Anyway, with a name like Home and a huge shaded patio area, I just had to stop by. Today provided the perfect opportunity. Winter break, needing to meet up with a particular friend, and needing to eat lunch were good enough excuses to check Home out.

I drove by and I saw valet parking and I thought, not nice. But I passed the valet spot before I could react so I thought I had to drive around the block and I thought, not nice. But then it was a residential area with plenty of street parking with no need for a permit and I thought, niiccceee. So to anyone who decides to come here, look out for street parking! But read the signs yo, street cleaning.

My friend and I walked in and I thought, nicceee. I have no idea why the place is called Home but I liked it. There was plenty of shade and many seats. It was an awesome day, the sun was out, it was clear, okay, maybe a little smog, and the weather was perfectly cool. It was nice to sit outside without having to deal with all the cars whizzing by. Come earlier if you plan to have lunch here though. We got here a little past 12 and had no problems finding a table to sit at, but once we got our food, there was a sizable line.

I had the Mushroom Burger. It’s a “1/2 lb. hamburger patty served with fresh lettuce, tomato, onions, sauteed mushrooms, and topped with swiss cheese and our homemade sauce.” It’s kind of funny, homemade sauces or special sauces when it comes to burgers seem to be some variation of thousand island dressing. Whatever, variations of thousand island dressing are good enough for me. It was big. Once I held it, the juices were spilling. One thing I don’t like about burgers is that it gets messy, but hey, that’s what napkins are for, right? I got a side of onion rings and it was deep fried goodness. I would have loved it before, but I don’t know what it is about me these days but I am slowly developing some sort of incompatability with deep fried stuff. I don’t know what it is, I should be loving deep fried things, but it’s happening. Oh well, I won’t fight it. So burger was good and a few onion rings were good. After a few, it was too much for me to handle.

My friend got the Grilled Chicken and Avocado Club. Homeboy had no complaints. Here’s a picture:

Home was good. Moderate prices for eating out.  Great setting. If I’m craving a good burger, I would probably have Apple Pan on my mind. The burgers at my dad’s country club are pretty dang good as well. But I would go to Home for eating out with friends. And considering they have other things on the menu, I won’t limit myself to the burger. So I’ll be back. Because after all, There’s No Place Like Home.

Oh, and another thing… I got my December LSAT results back today. It looks like I can say with certainty, I’m staying in beautiful Los Angeles, The City of Angels. Gosh, I love this place. There’s no place like home 🙂

1760 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Feliz, CA 90027
Phone: 323.665.4663
Delivery: 323.669.0211

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